sup·​per | \ˈsə-pər \

Definition of supper 

1a : the evening meal especially when dinner is taken at midday

b : a social affair featuring a supper especially : an evening social especially for raising funds a church supper

2 : the food served as a supper eat your supper

3 : a light meal served late in the evening

Examples of supper in a Sentence

I always enjoyed our Sunday night suppers. It's almost time for supper. We took a walk after supper. I had too much wine at supper. He didn't come home for supper.
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Carter begins this bedrock retracing of a life of faith by recounting, in down-to-earth vernacular, a boyhood steeped in Sunday school and church suppers, in farm work and field play with the African-American farm kids next door. Barbara Mahany,, "Jimmy Carter's latest book, 'Faith,' leads this week's roundup of spiritual books," 9 July 2018 Points north and west of the Beltway could be totally rain-risk free in time for supper. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Steamy and wet at times today, but a cold front’s going to deliver a spectacular weekend," 6 July 2018 Before the screening, Dean Baquet, the paper’s executive editor, met a few colleagues and their partners for supper at Locanda Verde, in Tribeca. Ian Parker, The New Yorker, "The Times’ Dean Baquet Gets His Closeup in “The Fourth Estate”," 7 May 2018 Having been shuttled by helicopter to London from Blenheim Palace after supper last night, his other stops have included tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 The church offers a three-course pasta supper at 5:30 p.m.; $10. Robert Knox,, "Art center presents 63d annual fest in Cohasset," 8 June 2018 Florida: Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skillet Floridians love their skillet suppers, too! Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "WATCH: The Most Popular Wedding Registry Picks in Every Southern State," 5 June 2018 The residents of the sleepy town had finished their suppers; the little ones were in bed. Outside Online, "The Curious Case of the Fly-Fishing Feather Thief," 19 Apr. 2018 Though if the farm's inaugural shindig is any indication, the venue makes for a rather pretty supper spot, too. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of supper

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for supper

Middle English soper, from Anglo-French super, from super to sup — more at sup

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English Language Learners Definition of supper

: the evening meal

: a social event especially for raising money that takes place in the evening and includes a meal

: a light meal or snack that is eaten late in the evening


sup·​per | \ˈsə-pər \

Kids Definition of supper

1 : the evening meal especially when dinner is eaten at midday

2 : refreshments served late in the evening especially at a social gathering

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